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A NEW short-term accommodation project is wrapping up construction, in Airlie Beach, with Airlie Bungalows set to launch in September 2023.

Airlie Bungalows will feature high quality bungalows, surround by palm trees, that will offer a Daintree inspired rainforest feel.

The bungalows are prefabricated modulars that were fully constructed, then sent to Airlie Beach and installed via crane within two days.

Director of development Martin Colless said the unique style of construction allowed them to avoid unnecessary delays in construction and materials.

“We had this idea before we purchased the block of land and, when we did purchase it, we went ahead and worked around that issue of construction and lack of materials in Airlie Beach,” he said.

“We found the process really smooth; we went through a company that is really well known in the prefabricated modular industry with multiple awards, and we went from signing a contract to completion of dwellings, ready for transport, within 12 weeks.

“It was a really smart, smooth, efficient and cost-effective process.”

Airlie Bungalows will be located just a short walk away from the Airlie Beach Lagoon and the Main Street of Airlie Beach.

“We’ve been in Airlie Beach for two and a half years, just monitoring what sort of services and facilities that the area might need, so we thought this might be a good opportunity to put our money where our mouth is and show the community that we’re investing in helping Airlie Beach thrive.”

Mr Colless said he was trying to mimic a rainforest environment, like the Daintree in Cairns, a vibe he feels is lacking in current accommodation options.

“It’s different to the standard ‘light and airy’ vibe that you get throughout Airlie Beach,” he said.

“We’ve got a combination of two-bedroom and one-bedroom bungalows and coming off the sliding doors will be some timber decks with some screening for private space.

“Very Daintree Rainforest vibes, so something a bit different in Airlie Beach, hence the name Airlie Bungalows.”

While a soft launch is expected in September, Mr Colless is hoping for further improvements to be made down the line.

“We’ll look at adding amenities as we go along…like pools.”

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